Media Appearances

Robots are not human, even if we want them to be

Kerstin Dautenhahn gave a TEDxEastEnd talk on 25th February 2017 in East London. Here is the recording:

Robot House helping older people in their own homes

On 4 April 2017, Megan Wollerton mentioned how robot companions developed in the robot house can help elderly people. To read the full article, look at:

Robots exhibition at the Science Museum

On February 2017, Kerstin Dautenhahn was interviewed at the Science Museum’s opening of the Robots exhibition, see BBC Radio 4’s coverage , Kaspar is mentioned from beginning, at 01:22, and 14:15.

Kaspar in Daily Mail Online

University of Hertfordshire finds robot companions would help autistic children. For more details, have a look at Daily Mail Online (

UK Robotics week: Students visit the Robot House to programme robots

At the end of June 2016, the University of Hertfordshire has decided to open its Robot House for students to programme a companion care robot.

For more information, see ITV report at

Inspiring the next generation to pursue a career in science and technology

Dr. Luke Wood from the Adaptive Systems Research Group visited Brushwood Junior School on the 15th of June 2016 to give the children an insight into the world of computer science and engineering. The children at the school got to see the Kaspar robot in action along with the 3d printers that produced many of the parts for the robot. The visit was part of a science and inventors theme week at the school where the children are designing their own inventions. Ms Holden: “We are very grateful to Luke for coming in and teaching the children and I know that they learnt a great deal from his visit and went away inspired to work on and improve their own inventions.”

Dr. Lola Canamero interviewed by the New York Times for a special edition about Artificial Intelligence

On June 2016, Dr. Lola Canamero was interviewed by the New York Times for a special multimedia feature on Artificial Intelligence, commissioned by UBS to commemorate the 100th birthday of Nobel Laureate Prof. Herbert Simon, one of the "founders" of Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Lola Canamero was one of the four scientists worldwide selected for this special edition, alongside with Hiroshi Ishiguro, Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, David Hanson.

The article is available at

Robin a robot that helps the diabetes

On 25 June 2015, Dr. Lola Canamero and her team demonstrated the autonomous toddler robot Robin at the UH Innovation Showcase. Its purpose is to help children monitor their diabetes condition.

To learn more, see what BBC news published[Robin:%20Robot%20Infant%20and%20diabetes&16:54]&ns_fee=0#post_33276386

Step inside the secret robot house

On May 2015, Zoe Kleinman from BBC news came over the robot house to uncover its secret.

To learn more, click on

2045: A Futurist’s Symposium – Lets explore the future together

Monday October 14th at Watford Palace Theatre:

2045: A Futurist’s Symposium – Lets explore the future together. A look
at the Earth as it is, and as it will be, as we embark on a period of
unprecedented change. The event will allow those in attendance to
explore this period of change alongside some of the most respected
visionaries in fields such as cybernetics and futurology. Speakers include:
Prof Kevin Warwick, Neil Harbison, Mark Stevenson, Chris Wild, Dave
Birss, Dr. Mick Walters.

Together we will investigate the ways in which programming, biology and
human augmentation are changing the world in which we live, and the
ramifications this will have on what it means to be a human. And, being
that you're a friend of Clock, we want to offer the tickets to you
first, and at a discounted rate.

Discounted tickets are available. Please use the discount code:
SINGULARITY45 which will allow £20 of the normal price. See:

For full details see:

Kerstin Dautenhahn on BBC1

Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn was interviewed on BBC1 TV live on Sunday 22 September 2013 as part of the show Sunday Morning Live. She was interviewed via Skype on the topic of ethical issues concerning robots in eldercare.

Kerstin Dautenhahn interviewed by BBC Three Counties Radio

On the 4th of July 2013, Kerstin Dautenhahn was interviewed on BBC Three Counties Radio about the new EPSRC project on Trustworthy Robotic Assistants:

JackFM interview Kerstin Dautenhahn

Kerstin Dautenhahn was interviewed by JackFM on research with KASPAR and children with autism:

KASPAR and CHARLY at the Robotville event in the London Science Museum

We presented KASPAR and CHARLY for the Robotville event in London at the science museum from the 1st to 4th of December 2011. The event received international attention from many media groups around the world.

New video for KASPAR fundraising campaign

KASPAR fundraising campaign

KASPAR on the One Show

On the 18th of August 2011 KASPAR appeared on the One Show with Prof Dr Kerstin Dautenhahn and Dr Ben Robins. The show featured an article on KASPARS applications for working with children with autism.

BBC’s The One Show video clip:

Dr. Ben Robins and KASPAR on Fern Britton's tv show


KASPAR, a robot developed in the Adaptive Systems Research Group, has appeared on the news in an article about its applications for working with children with autism.

On 21th April 2011: Dr. Ben Robins was a guest ( together with KASPAR ) on the Fern Britton's television show on C4 (

Exhibit at the Human+ Exhibition at the Dublin Science Gallery

University of Hertfordshire Artists in Residence, Anna Dumitriu and Alex May, with Dr. Mick Walters from the Adaptive Systems Research Group, have created a "My Robot Companion" exhibit for the HUMAN+ Exhibition at the Dublin Science Gallery. The exhibit includes a series of robot heads created by Anna Dumitriu, which have been designed to illustrate how the form and appearance of a robot head may affect, reflect or even provoke people’s perceptions and reactions to potential future Robot Companions. The exhibit also includes the robot CHARLY (Companion Humanoid Robot for Living with You), which is fitted with an interactive robot head created by Alex May. The face of the robot face slowly morphs and takes on the appearance of anyone who interacts with the robot, thus exploring the issue of familiarity for Robot Companion appearance. CHARLY is a new robot which has been developed as part of the AS groups work for the LIREC (LIving with Robots and intEractive Companions) EU funded project.

A general video of the Human+ Exhibition at the Dublin science gallery:

A video of our exhibit at the Human+ Exhibition at the Dublin Science Gallery:

Kaspar and children with autism on BBC


KASPAR, a robot developed in the Adaptive Systems Research Group, has appeared on the news in an article about its applications for working with children with autism.

Dr Ben robins discuss the group’s work with Kaspar and children with autism in the following television news reports:



KASPAR in the news


Associated Press reported on the Adaptive Systems Research Groups work with the humanoid robot KASPAR with children with Autism

News Vine Article:

At home with the android family article


On the 9th March 2010 the Guardian published an article on "at home with the android family" in their education section with an interview of Kerstin Dautenhahn. Please see the online version, including a video here. The story portrayed our research in the LIREC and Aurora projects, with an emphasis on the Robot House research.




Interview on BBC Radio 4 "Leading Edge" program


Mick Walters, Kheng Lee Koay and Ben Robins were interviewed on BBC Radio 4 "Leading Edge" program.


UH Adaptive System LIREC work showcased


A demonstration in the University of Robot House on 27 May 2009 showcased our work in the LIREC project, this has been covered widely, see e.g. New Scientist news story including a video and interviews with researchers and a British Satellite news story including interviews with the research team.


Socially Assistive in the Washington Post


Kerstin Dautenhahn and her team's work on socially assistive robots has been discussed by the Washington Post


Robots learn to move themselves - BBC News interview


In August 2008, Dr. Daniel Polani was interviewed by BBC News.


FEELIX Growing project on EuroNews


The EU-funded project FEELIX Growing, coordinated by Dr. Lola Canamero, was broadcast on EuroNews' science program Futuris between 3-9 July 2008, including interviews with Lola and several of her researchers.


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